COVID-19 can be transmitted a number of ways. It can be spread from person to person when an infected individual coughs, sneezes or exhales. If the droplets from the infected persons nose or mouth are breathed in by another, then he or she can also become infected. Droplets from the nose or mouth that land on surfaces are another source of disease transmission. When that surface is touched by another person and he or she then touches their face – specifically the nose, eyes and mouth – they can become infected.
Our next series of articles on our COVID-19 online health support group blog will cover ways you can help protect yourself and those around you from contracting and spreading the disease.
One of the best ways to protect yourself is by social distancing. It is recommended everyone stay at least six feet apart from one another to help prevent disease transmission and spread.
Avoid Touching Your Face
Although it is natural to touch or scratch your face, we all need to make a conscious effort to not rub our eyes or touch our face. If you touch a surface then touch your face, you are putting yourself at an increased risk.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
You should thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water and/or sanitize them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer on a regular basis. If you touch something like a pen or other item that could have been used by others, do not touch your face and wash your hands as soon as possible.
Do you or a loved one suspect you have COVID-19? Does the coronavirus pandemic make you nervous? We offer online medical support groups designed to allow you to share and receive information with others facing the same uncertainties. Our COVID-19 health support group is up and running. It’s safe, free and easy to join. We encourage you to sign up and get involved today!